New Orleans Saints
Both the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers sit tied atop the NFC South at 10-4. One of them will emerge as the winner of the conference in two weeks. The question is, who will secure the division title?
NEW ORLEANS (10-4) at CAROLINA (10-4) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox OPENING LINE — Panthers by 3
Heath Evans from FOX and the NFL Network previews the second matchup between the Saints and Panthers and discusses awards, the Panthers ceiling and can anyone upset Seattle.
I will readily admit if the Saints team that beat the Panthers 2 weeks ago in New Orleans shows up Sunday, the Panthers are in trouble. The good news is that team never jumps on the team plane. That team stays home like Jim Celania on a weekend. The Saints team they send on the road is a different one entirely.
In addition to bringing in a new kicker for Sunday’s pivotal NFC South clash with Carolina, the Saints will have a rookie who has yet to take a single offensive snap protecting Drew Brees’ blind side.
With a little help from the St. Louis Rams, the Carolina Panthers now control their own destiny as they head for the playoffs and have a lot of opportunity staring them in the face. If they just do what they know they can do, the Panthers will be sitting pretty.
Carolina Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn can add the ESPN “Gruden Grinder” award to his impressive resume all in part to his incredible game against the New York Jets last Sunday afternoon.
Sean Payton is putting nearly all of his players on notice, whether he winds up making any significant late-season changes or not. The New Orleans Saints have long praised their head coach’s knack for motivating his charges by knowing what to say and when to say it.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera isn’t downplaying the significance of this Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. When it comes to regular season games, Rivera said, “It’s about as big as it gets.”
The Carolina Panthers still have a great chance at being the NFC South champions and making a run into the playoffs, but there is still work to do. Unfortunately, they’ll be getting an angry New Orleans Saints team yet again, but fortunately, it is a Saints team that is rather awful on the road.